This week, at the University of the West of England (UWE) the story of Infinite Sky will be brought to life, as Law students and tutors, professional actors and a judge, create a mock murder trial, for educational purposes, built around this scenario at the climax of Infinite Sky.
In the story, set one hot summer in the Midlands, Iris Dancy was witness to a fight that caused the death of one of the two boys that she loves most in the world. (I'm trying hard not to give spoilers here for those who haven't yet read the novel.) This week, at UWE, the surviving boy will be tried for the murder of the deceased, giving students a chance to cut their teeth in Criminal Law.
|UWE students preparing the defendant's case.|
If the accused is found guilty of murder, then he will face a life sentence in prison. If he is found to have been acting in self-defence, then he could be acquitted. So it's pretty high stakes in the courtroom.
The trial takes place this Thursday and Friday at UWE, presided over by a professional judge, and the students have been preparing for weeks, under the excellent tutelage of my dear friend James Lloyd, and Liz Cunningham, both ex-criminal law Barristers, now Senior Lecturers in Law at UWE.
The jury will come back with their verdict on Friday, and I can't wait. Between you and me, I hope the accused walks.
I will be in the public gallery channelling Anna - Iris's and Sam's Mum - and furiously making notes for a new story. More on that later...
I will also be tweeting about it (though my inner author insists on maintaining high spoiler alert, which might make those tweets a little mysterious) and for those who have already read the novel, and are interested to follow the trial, you can also follow @liz_cunningham3, @DelythAJames and @WhiteZoey on Twitter.
The mock trial is open for all to attend. Venue: 2X112, Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus, UWE Bristol. 24 May 10am - 5pm and 25 May 9:30am - 2:30pm